Trailing by 2 points with 3.3 seconds remaining, Roxbury-native Jalen Adams (team-high 14 points) hit a dramatic half-court, bank-shot as time expired Sunday to give Cushing a thrilling 61-60 win over St. Andrew's and the NEPSAC Class AA boys basketball championship.
I didnt think it was going to go in, said Adams. But it did and we won. I'm very happy.
The third-seeded Penguins (24-5) trailed, 57-47, with just over three minutes to play, but outscored eighth-seeded St. Andrews, 14-3, down the stretch. Tournament MVP Adams contributed a team-high 14 points, while 6-foot-7-inch senior forward and Butler-commit Andrew Chrabascz (Portsmouth, R.I.) had 13 points. Meanwhile, New Bedford-native Bonzie Colson had 14 points for St. Andrews (18-6).
In the NEPSAC Class A final, top-seeded Phillips Exeter (25-1) made school history by winning its first title, beating second-seeded Choate (21-4), 58-47.
Led by Williams College bound Duncan Robinson (24 points) and Chris Braley (15 points), Exeter held a 9-point half-time lead that it stretched to as many as 19. But Choate hung tough and forced Exeter to fight for its 18th-consecutive win.
This team is obviously very, very special, said coach Jay Tilton. It will hold a place in Exeter history with putting a banner up. In the loss, the Wild Boars were led by Jeff Coby and Pete Weston, who each scored 15 points.
A year after falling in the NEPSAC Class AAA final to Northfield-Mount Hermon, Brewster (30-4) redeemed itself by beating top-seeded St. Thomas More (28-4) for the 2013 title, 77-75.
Despite falling behind early in overtime, the Bobcats hit their first six free throws to stay within striking distance until with 17 seconds left Syracuse-bound Ron Patterson (11 points) connected on a 15-foot jumper. West Virginia-signee Elijah Macon captured MVP honors with 17 points, while sophomore guard and Weymouth-native Jared Terrell had 16 points.
We could have easily caved in when we were down, said Brewster coach Jason Smith. But they persevered and got stops when they needed to and they found a way. Marquise Moore and Duane Notice each had 21 points for the Chancellors in the loss.
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